Woodworking in mills, construction and cabinetmaking.
September 25, 2005
Make Sure You Count Your Fingers at the End of Every Shift
They sure don't make 'em like they used to, and here's where you'll find out why. OUTSTANDING footage of home construction at mid-20th century. The first two things to notice about home building is a) how much hardwood was used, and b) how many people were employed. It's interesting to see an entire house being sheathed in heavy planks instead of Celotex, and to watch men using hammers instead of nail guns. And although there is already prefabrication of elements like windows and doors, there is still on-site construction of kitchen storage units by skilled carpenters.
Getting back to the point of the film, the first half uses the house under construction to demonstrate the difference between rough (basement joists and cross ties) and fine (windows, doors and cabinets) carpentry, and then goes on to show how other woodworking jobs exist in factories supplying the construction trade. It shows the processes (and jobs) involved in creating plywood,laminates, and fine furniture, although it makes a point of mentioning that because of the added cost, there is a limited market for the latter. It also shows the woodworker's role in making molds for metal parts like flywheels, and shows in some detail how a sand mold is made and metal is poured.
It ends by advising young men to spend as much time as possible in their basements doing woodworking projects and building their own collection of tools with their spending money. There is a considerable amount of suspense in the final minute of the film as the young man saws vigorously through a thin flimsy shaking piece of plywood using a large cross-cut saw, apparently unaware that his left thumb appears to be directly in the path of the blade.
Notable for the view of mid-20th century social norms, where work crews consist of young as well as older men, and no one needs safety goggles or hard hats on site, or respirators or gloves in the factories when they are working with glues and stains.
September 24, 2005
Cutting logs (you know what I mean)
Another pretty drab ÂYour LifeÂs workÂ here. This is somewhat interesting though only for the nice overview of the many careers one can get in the woodworking field. But other than thatÂ